I guess if Aquaman‘s archenemy is the biggest black supervillain, then there probably is a problem: Vince Moore has a pretty interesting piece up over at Comics Waiting Room about the dearth of great black supervillains, and he casts about for the biggest names—Black Manta, Moses Magnum—while wondering why there aren’t more and better black villains. Is Apocalypse black? Does he count? I certainly can’t think of any others; do you guys have any suggestions? Anyway, it’s an interesting question, and an interesting piece.
Oh wow, that’s Batman’s happy face?: Here’s another particularly strong panel from The Daily Batman. Do visit it often, and then I won’t feel compelled to link to it in, like, every one of these link round-ups.
Christopher Bird Is Evil: Bird gives Mark Waid and Peter Krause’s Irredeemable the “Honesty In Comic Book Covers” treatment. If you haven’t seen any of these before, do click on previous ones.
Oh thank God: I realize I may be the only comic book reader who thinks of the next Spider-Man movie as the next Kirsten Dunst movie instead of the next Spider-Man movie or next Sam Raimi movie, so maybe you won’t be as excited by this headline as I am, but, “Kirsten Dunst Returning For Spider-Man 4.” Huzzah!
“It’s just story, and it moves, and I can get the characters from the way they act”: One of the best barometers by which to gauge whether or not what you might think is a good comic book is actually a good comic book or not is to check and see what Comic Book Virgin Nina Stone thinks of it. Like, what does someone who didn’t even know that Dick Grayson used to be Robin think of the last week’s Batman and Robin #1?
I love that I find out in this issue that not only did Nightwing become Batman, but that he used to be Robin, too. Now I’m sure you all know that. But I didn’t. I’ve read some Nightwing comics, but all I can remember is that the art was kind of boring and he was always hang gliding in New York. But it’s written in so well here, it seems to come up naturally and move right along within the story. This little formula looks like it’s going to make for dramatic tension at its best…
I’m excited to keep up with this one. That doesn’t mean I’ll be reading it regularly, but I could see myself asking somebody about it after they read it.
Much more at the link.